According to the
is anything that incites, provokes, or urges us to offend God."
"It is not a sin
to be tempted, because we cannot prevent it. It is sinful only to consent or
yield to the temptation or needlessly expose ourselves to it."
come either from the devil, our spiritual enemy, or from the world: that is, the
wicked persons, places, or things in the world; or from the flesh; that is, our
body with its strong passions and evil inclinations."
"Goes does not
tempt us to sin; but He permits us to be tempted to try our fidelity or punish
our pride; and to give us an opportunity of meriting rewards for ourselves by
overcoming the temptations."
"We can always
resist temptation if we wish, for God always gives us sufficient grace and never
permits us to be tempted above our strength."
"The best means
of overcoming temptation is to resist its very beginning, by turning our
attention from it; by praying for help to resist it; and by doing the opposite
of what we are tempted to do [as applicable / appropriate]."
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